A couple of new vegetarian places have popped up sorta near where I live.
Natural Blend is a small West Indian place on Washington between Sterling and St Johns. They do all kinds of juices, four flavors of fresh vegan patties (faux-chicken, peas, soy, and faux-fish), a few faux-meat entrees, porridge, soups, vegan sandwiches (for only $3!), and salads. Most of the desserts are not vegan, but a couple are. Although vegan items are not necessarily marked, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is not quite as gourmet as what you’ll find up the street at The Islands, but it’s a whole lot faster. Natural Blend keeps long hours, so stop by for breakfast, a late-night snack, or anything in between.
Organic Heights, on Bergen Street between Flatbush and 5th Ave, is one of those old-fashioned places where all the food is brown and wholesome. If you like the food at Whole Earth Bakery, you’ll like the food here, too, though the interior is very different: Organic Heights is clean, modern, well-lit, uncrowded. In addition to soups, salads, juices, baked goods, daily specials, and (soon) sandwiches, there’s a (very small) selection of groceries and a (rather large) selection of homeopathic remedies. Everything’s vegan except for the half and half they put out for coffee (annoying, right?!).
In related news, there’s a mysterious storefront on Vanderbilt between Prospect and St Marks that looks like it’ll feed vegans at some point, but they’ve been “coming soon” for six months or so.